The Joe Center for the Arts has enjoyed a highly successful inaugural year and the year is not even over.
And, the board wants supporters to know that Hurricane Michael is not going to keep the non-profit arts center down for long.
“It’s surprising how energized people are,” said board member Marcy Trahan after a Monday board meeting.
“We are working on rearranging the schedule for next year and working on getting the building safe and open.”
The first post-Michael event will arrive 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET Nov. 17.
With The Joe providing the writing instruments, folks are encouraged to stop by and decorate the front windows of the facility at 201 Reid Ave. with “one good thing” that came out Hurricane Michael.
Be it talking more with family due to the lack of television or internet, the fine foods that were provided free of charge in the days and weeks immediately following Michael, or maybe a personal hero from the storm, share it, Trahan said.
“There is a silver lining somewhere for most people,” Trahan said. “Write on the windows of The Joe to let people know we are still here.”
And maybe, provide a plug to a downtown area climbing its way out of the wreckage left behind by the winds and water of Michael.
“Maybe it might pull people downtown to see Reid Ave. is not dead,” Trahan said. “People and businesses are coming back.”
The arts, and the community, also received a recent shot in the arm courtesy of the songwriting of Mitch Collins, who has a home in Indian Pass.
“In the days after Michael, I felt helpless to assist an area, the Forgotten Coast, that has filled my family’s life with so many wonderful memories,” Collins wrote in a Facebook post to his Indian Pass neighbors.
His outlet became his song “Strong” which is uploaded to Play it Forward: Music for a Cause, which can be found on Facebook.
For a donation of $2 anybody can preview and download the song.
Any donation above $2, the additional money will go to The Joe Center for the Arts, Trahan said.
“It is a wonderful song,” Trahan said. “We played it during our board meeting (Monday) and there were several who were choked up by it.”
As for the coming year, The Joe board is working with the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition, which leases the center’s space, and property owners Rick and Libia Taylor on restoring the building.
The carpet was saturated and water intruded, below and above, and Joe Taylor, with Franklin’s Promise, is going to assemble a youth crew and use the facility as something of a training ground on minor repairs and refurbishment as well as mold abatement.
The one certainty about the coming year’s schedule, if there is one, is that come October 2019 The Joe will in some way put on a show meant as a one-year anniversary of Michael, focusing on the storm’s impact and the community’s recovery.